Dean William I. Weston passed away February 3, 2010, at his home in Hollywood, Florida, after a brief illness.
Bill was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Loyola College in 1968. In 1971, he received his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.
After beginning his legal career as Assistant Executive Director of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), from July 1974 until May 1996, Bill served as a member of the faculty and as an assistant dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Throughout that time, Bill did a great deal to contribute to the advancement, well-being and education of his students and to his colleagues at the bar. Bill was also well-known for his colorful stories about growing up in Baltimore.
Recognized for his commitment to his students’ success in the legal profession and to the legal profession itself, Bill was a staunch and effective advocate of efforts to support solo and small firm practitioners in Maryland and to assist lawyers in need. He served in many capacities with the MSBA and with the American Bar Association. His contributions by those efforts continue to bear fruit and resonate today.
Bill received many awards and much well-deserved recognition for his efforts. Through the years, many MSBA members have been enriched by Bill’s commitment and efforts.
In the summer of 1997, Bill moved to Florida. There he served as Associate Dean for Florida Coastal School of Law and was on the faculty of the University of North Florida.
Bill’s increasing commitment to online education led him to serve during the last 10 years of his life, as a professor and then as the Dean of the School of Legal Studies for Kaplan University. In that position, he set new standards for enhancing the program and fostering student achievement.
Bill leaves behind Ellen, his wife of 38 years, his mother Susie, his son Kevin and his wife and new child and his daughter Leah and her husband and two children. Ellen continues the tradition of online education as a full-time member of the health sciences faculty of Kaplan University.
We will miss Bill. We thank him for his friendship and his service to the profession and to each of us.
Michael J. Jacobs is a partner in the law firm of Jacobs & Barney, LLC, in Easton, Maryland, as well as an original founding member of the MSBA General Practice Section, precursor to the Solo & Small Practice Section.